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The Crypt of the Original Sin, in Matera, is located inside a natural cave on the Murgia plateau, near the old Appian Way. Commonly known as “the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art”, the Crypt was discovered in 1963 by a group of local youths, who...more
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Contrada Pietrapenta SNC | Basilicta, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 320 334 5323
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

We visited the Cripta, having pre-booked via the website before we left Britain. We were given clear directions as where to go to pick up the tickets, although you do have watch carefully for the turn off. We were lucky to be two of only...More

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Sheena P
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Location not easy to find nor to reach, and thus extra rewarding. The audio guide gives an excellent insight into the wall paintings, a "must see" site whenever in or near Matera

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Peter G
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Really nice and interesting place to visit, if you like old paintings made in the rock. you have to reserve by phone or via website and then go to a vine yard (Dragone) , where they take you with transport to the Cripta. The guide...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank vicQ9563XW
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

A very unusual and interesting place, the audio guide explained the symbolism of the pictures very well, if you are in Matera you should definitely go to see it.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed September 27, 2016

My brother-in-law recommended this for our group after researching things to do around Matera. Very nice presentation and explanation of religious paintings on a cave wall. The presentation has lighting to highlight the paintings during the presentation. Located outside Matera. Quite difficult to find. Our...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

This tour is an absolute must if you are in the Matera area. The history of the crypt is tremendous, and Antonio will answer as many questions as you want to ask. He was super knowledgable about all kinds of off beat things I had...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank CorinnaBsWorld
Reviewed September 18, 2016

If it is possible - visit the crypt and see the frescoes from the 9th century. The presentation is excellently performed in the dark with lights pointing to each fresco and music and narrative.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank olga_ben
Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Stunning and well preserved frescos. The old place of worship is tucked away in a cave just outside of Matera. The tour has very well done audio explanation of what you see with excellent lighting. No photos unfortunately.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

I emailed Brunella several times about tickets, opening, location & found communication was excellent & directions very accurate as the sat nav couldn't locate - having a car is essential. Located in a vineyard, you gather half hour before, looks available, pay 10€ each, we...More

Date of experience: August 2016
4  Thank DBegg
Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This is fantastic and unexpected. You need a car to get here but the audio guide in English was excellent and the frescos are something else! It is easy to find in the car using GPS. A really worthwhile visit- better than the frescos in...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Andrea L
November 5, 2016|
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Response from rlrobles5 | Reviewed this property |
as best I can tell, either a very long hike or a taxi. It is moderately far from public roads.
August 29, 2016|
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Response from IndianaGeologist |
you have a couple options, you can leave your car at the gas station, or follow them in your own vehicle to the site, which is what we did. the site is out in the country and is completely safe.